Songs from Snowy Scandinavia with Maria Jette

Maria Jette

All Ages
Maybe you’re a Minnesotan with Norwegian/Swedish/Danish ancestry, and curious about the music your ancestors heard

...or maybe you’re new to Minnesota, and wonder what all the Scando stuff is about. Pianist Sonja Thompson is a Scandinavian through and through; Maria Jette has no known Scandinavian DNA, but her ancestral land of Ireland was generously ”pollinated” by Vikings. They’re both in love with the music of Grieg, but will share other best-composers-you-never-heard-of on this program of glorious hot-blooded music from the cool Nordic lands.

The poetry is as glorious as the music, and the piano writing is as great as the vocal part. Composers will include Alnaes, Gade, Sibelius, Lie, Grieg-- and Ole Bull, whose statue (with violin) is in our own Loring Park.

Soprano Maria Jette's orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica; plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the sadly defunct Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul. There, she's often heard with VocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, the Maverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, shes often heard nationally on Garrison Keillors A Prairie Home Companion.

Maria is an ecumenical recitalist: her programs range from songs of Grieg or Fauré through Edwardian parlor music and Latin American chamber music, liberally interspersed with Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook. Shes performed her own productions of Seuss/Kapilows Green Eggs & Ham and Gertrude McFuzz for over 50,000 kids throughout the country, with pit bands, symphony orchestras, and even just piano and train whistle!

Recent activities include Prairie Home Companions last two cruises: 2013s Mediterranean, and last 2014s Baltic capitals; Vivaldi cantatas and neglected Swedish music with the new Minnesota Vivaldi Festival (co-founded with harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky); the US premiere of Jonathan Doves There Was a Child with VocalEssence; and music for Mothers Day with The New Standards for The Schubert Club & Music in the Park. This season, shes sung songs of Edvard Grieg with pianist Sonja Thompson for both The Edvard Grieg Society in Minneapolis and the Grand Forks Symphony. In October, she sings the long-delayed premiere of Dominick Argentos Ode to the West Wind (1957) with The Metropolitan Symphony; Strauss Four Last Songs with the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra; and in November, repeats Augusts performance of Rachmaninoffs Six Romances op 38 and her own new singing translation of Shostakovichs Satires, in a benefit for Alexandrias The Festival of the Lakes (at Plymouth Congregational Church). She returns to Indianapolis for her second set of Holiday Pops with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, where she will also sing Messiah with that excellent chorus and the Indianapolis Symphony.

For more information-- including her two recordings with pianist Dan Chouinard--2011s In Our Little Paradise: Lyrics of PG Wodehouse, and the brand new The Sirens Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway-- please visit www.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432